“It was strange because, for one thing, the men weren’t used to females, and that was a big change for them. And they felt that we as women couldn’t do the job as well as they could. Some didn’t want to really work with you because they didn’t think you were qualified enough to back them up. So we had to prove ourselves that way—that we were there to help when they needed us to.”
—Arva Marie Johnson, March 1, 2007
Officer, U.S. Capitol Police Force
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Lera Thomas and Elizabeth Andrews
Description of the deep connection between two congressional widows.
First Woman Elected to Congress from Alabama
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Significance of Being the First Female Page for the House of Representatives
Reflections on the lifetime impact of the Page experience.
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Personal description of Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs’ transition to the public spotlight after her election to Congress in 1973.